Teeth: The Early Years
What Tooth Fairy?
- In Spain, the tooth is taken from under the pillow not by a fairy but by a mouse named Ratoncito Perez.
- The Yupik people of Alaska wrap the tooth in a piece of meat or bread and feed it to a female dog. Then the child says, “Replace this tooth with a better one.”
- In Costa Rica, mothers have their child’s first lost tooth made into a gold-plated earring.
- In parts of Africa and Asia, a lost lower tooth is thrown on the roof, so a new tooth can grow upward. An upper tooth goes under the bed, so a new one can grow down.
These toothsome traditions were pulled from Throw Your Tooth on the Roof by Selby B. Beeler.
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